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Jan 30, 2020 - Hawaii Proposes Banning all Chemical Sunscreens

In Brief

A recent FDA report shows that sunscreen chemicals absorb into your blood and may harm your health. Hawaii now proposes banning the sale of all chemical sunscreens, meaning that only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sunscreens would be available in Hawaii.

If passed this would be the first law banning all chemical sunscreens and the first law banning sunscreens because of human health concerns. Hawaii, Key West, Palau and other have already passed laws banning some sunscreen chemicals because of their impact on corals.

All Badger sunscreens use zinc oxide as their only active ingredient and will continue to be sold in Hawaii and anywhere that bans chemical sunscreens. Zinc oxide is the safest and most effective sunscreen ingredient. Shop Sunscreens

The FDA recently published a study showing that humans absorbs chemical sunscreen ingredients into their blood at high levels after just one use. This same study calls for further research before the FDA will consider these ingredients to be Generally Recognized as Safe & Effective (GRASE). Only 2 sunscreen ingredients are considered GRASE by the FDA, the minerals zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Based on this and other research demonstrating potential health risks of these ingredients Hawaii is proposing a bill to ban all sunscreens containing any chemical sunscreen active ingredients. This law would only allow sunscreens with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to be sold in Hawaii. This proposal is bipartisan (Democrats and Republicans) and bicameral (both House and Senate are proposing companion bills) and it builds on the 2018 Hawaiian law passed to ban the sale of sunscreens with oxybenzone and octinoxate because they harm coral. The Hawaiian lawmakers recognize the recent FDA study and other research demonstrating the 'potential negative health effects' of a number of other chemical sunscreen ingredients.

The bills, introduced on Jan 30, 2020, HB2248 and SB2778, require that, "beginning 1/1/2023, only sunscreen products containing active ingredients classified by the United States Food and Drug Administration as a Category 1, generally recognized as safe and effective, ingredient, shall be sold, offered for sale, or distributed for sale in the state." Representative Ward stated in his press release that “Since only zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are considered Category 1 by the FDA, then only these two sunscreen ingredients will be allowed in products sold in Hawaii.”

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